Police patrols increased in response to hate crimes

Merseyside Police has stepped up patrols in Liverpool city centre following recent incidents of homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

There will be increased activity across the city centre following the incidents, and officers in uniform and plain clothes will patrol key areas.

Superintendent Sarah Kenwright said: “The incidents we have seen in the city in recent weeks have understandably caused anger and some fear among those communities targeted with homophobic and transphobic abuse.

“It is heartening to see so many speak in solidarity with the victims, and to say with a united voice that such behaviour simply has no place in Merseyside.

“We share that determination to ensure everyone – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – can go out and enjoy themselves in this city.

“The recent increase in incidents involving LGBT+ victims has, sadly, mirrored an increase in crime experienced as lockdown restrictions were eased.

“But wherever people from Merseyside are being abused or attacked simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, we will not stand by.

“We are proactively policing the streets and will be visiting licensed premises across the Pride Quarter and the city centre to engage with staff and members of the public to reassure, listen to concerns and take action where we witness any criminality.”

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